Gentlemans Express

Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R made just a few months apart, offer the opportunity for enthusiasts to choose between a gentleman’s express or a sports car for the hairy chested at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 5th November.

“Both cars are iconic in their own way and both appeal to a different sort of driver and enthusiast.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “That being said, I wouldn’t mind having them both at home sitting in the garage!”

Coming to the Charterhouse classic car auction from long term ownership is a 1960 Jensen 541R. A true gentleman’s express, it is fitted with a 4.0 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive. An advanced car in its day, it was supplied with disc brakes all round, a full leather interior and constructed from lightweight fibreglass which was revolutionary at the time.A 1959 Austin Healey at Charterhouse-11

Having been owned by its Somerset vendor since 1970, it has been in dry storage for a few years and will require some re-commissioning work. Estimated at £20,000-25,000 +12% buyers premium (including VAT) this gentleman’s express with its four seats gives the successful buyer an opportunity to join an exclusive club as only 193 Jensen 541R’s made.

However, if four seats does not cut it for you and you want something a little more racy, there is a 1959 Austin Healey 100/6. Bought by its English Italian owner in 1991 it went through a full restoration programme. A year later, the owner took it to his Italian home where it lived with his collection of cars until being repatriated in 2017.

An original UK right hand drive car having a 2.6 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive it has covered just 8,000 miles in 25 years on Italian roads.

Still sharp from its restoration in 1991 and on the button ready to be enjoyed, it is estimated at £50,000-55,000 +12% buyers premium (including VAT).

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this classic and vintage car auction which is in conjunction with the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

For further information about this auction, or for advice on selling a car or motorcycle, contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse in Sherborne on 01935 812277 or email info@charterhouse-auction.com